soft clause

(banking) Clauses in a documentary letter of credit which make it impossible for the beneficiary (seller) to meet the conditions of the documentary letter of credit on his own and independently of the purchaser.
Example: “The goods must be accepted prior to shipment by a representative of the purchaser.” The name of the representative is made known via an amendment in the documentary letter of credit at a later stage when it is either too late or very inconvenient to follow through on the requirement. It is not recommended for exporters to agree to this type of request.

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